23 Aug 2017

Video of the week: Diabetes research at Monash


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Monash University is delighted to present you with a virtual tour of its new state-of-the-art Diabetes research department. The support of local philanthropists, including current major donors, the Meydan and Jreissati families, is gratefully acknowledged.

Opened by the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health, 23 August 2017, the new research department provides a sophisticated working space for 60 world class scientists, examining 10 critical areas of diabetes research.

With two of Australia’s most prominent diabetologists at the forefront of Monash University’s Department of Diabetes, Professor Mark Cooper AO and Professor Paul Zimmet AO, the university department will become the first and only in Australia dedicated solely to diabetes. 

These new facilities will provide exciting opportunities to tackle diabetes and its complications leading to a genuine impact on one of the world’s fastest growing epidemics.

Learn more about the Department of Diabetes, within Monash University's Central Clinical School (CCS) which has a broad range of translational research investigating both causes and clinical therapies for diabetes and its complications, diabetic retinopathy, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

An Australian first: Monash launches new Diabetes Department

Research in the Diabetes department

Monash University will today officially launch its new Department of Diabetes – the first and only university department in Australia dedicated to the disease.

To be opened by the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, the new Department is a partnership between Monash’s Central Clinical School in its Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Alfred Health.

Minister Hunt welcomed the new Department and what it will deliver in finding new cures and treatments for diabetes. “Diabetes is a debilitating disease and serious health issue affecting more than 1 million Australians,” Minister Hunt said.

18 Aug 2017

Photo of the week: 2017 Translational Research Symposium


Doctor C. Glenn Begley, CEO BioCurate, gave a memorable presentation at the 2017 Translational Research Symposium on challenges in translational science, where he had great audience participation techniques! See more

What's on at CCS 21-25 August 2017

My-Nhan Nguyen at the 2016 CCS
Graduate student symposium
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar

CCS staff and students can see details of both public and local events (including professional development courses, trade fairs and Graduate Research Student calendars) and deadlines, at the CCS intranet's Announcements page

See CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on at CCS 21-25 August 2017

Mon 21/08/2017 08:30 Next Generation Sequencing workshop
12:30 Alfred Psychiatry Grand Round Presentation
Tue 22/08/2017 10:00 Shut up and Write for HDR students and EMCRs from the AMREP precinct
10:30 PhD Pre-Submission: My-Nhan Nguyen
Wed 23/08/2017 13:30 Immunology Seminar- Maria Pia Degli-Esposti
Thur 24/08/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Marcus Robinson
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Dr David Anderson
14:00 Shut up and Write for HDR students and EMCRs from the AMREP precinct

14 Sep 2017 AMREP (Alfred) Honours information night for 2018 entry

See CCS project booklet

Thursday 14 September, 2017 6.00pm to 8.00pm


AMREP Education Centre (see map)
80 Commercial Road, Melbourne, 3004.

The AMREP schools (Central Clinical School and School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine) will showcase their research expertise and what they offer to an Honours or graduate research candidate. You can meet and discuss research projects with potential supervisors after the main presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, please register your attendance.

See more: CCS and SPHPM BMedSc(Hons) programs

The range of projects and expertise at our site is wide. Please see the CCS project booklet for detail, and please also talk to any of the researchers at our site on your particular interest as projects can be tailored to specific interests or lines of inquiry.

CCS publications: 12-18 August 2017

Paul Myles et al has published
a systematic review on the higher
risk of surgical site infections for
obese patients
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for pubs listing. Linked headings are to the departments' home pages.
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Anaesthesia
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)

Congratulations to Prof Jenny Wilkinson-Berka on JDRF grant!

The diabetic retinopathy research group. L-R: Mr Jack Jerome,
Ms Osanna Wong, Mr Saeed Alrashdi, Dr Devy Deliyanti,
Professor Jenny Wilkinson-Berka
Congratulations to Professor Jenny Wilkinson-Berka on the award of almost 1 million dollars from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) New York to commence in October 2017. The grant is for 3 years and titled, Boosting the immune system to treat diabetic retinopathy.

The purpose of the JDRF award is to determine if boosting immunosuppressive T regulatory cells (Tregs) reduces the vision-threatening damage to the retinal vasculature that can occur in people with diabetes.
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